camcorder: mini dv is still the best for recording events. if you are busy you can bring the tape to a pro shop and have it edited. a panasonic GS180, a small video light(to be use sparringly), a white card to be use on manual mode and a lightweight tripod.
video editor: the new cyberlink power director 7 will heal your videos and bring it youtube. put a check on the make disc without dvd menus so that the feature presentation is played at once.
I will be teaching a small group of teenagers (12-18 year olds) about interviewing neighbors to create several short digital stories about their neighborhood. We are on a tight budget and have little time to go over techniques, so I need the best of entry-level options.
I am a mac user who prefers miniDVs, but we'll be trying out a HDD camcorder for this project, so I need a recommendation for the best HDD camcorder (SD preferably) that is easiest to work with and edit and has a very reasonable price. I saw the Panasonic SDC-H40 (i think) but hear that its predecessor uses .MOD format which is a pain. Does the H40 use this as well? What other options are there?
Finally, I need a video editor for Windows that is very easy to use and can work with whatever format the camera will be using. I realize there is Windows Movie Maker, but thought there is a software more inspiring and also with DVD production as well. I know of Adobe Premiere Elements and Sony Movie Studio but have not worked with these or their compatibilities.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.